Enjoy a Lunchtime Concert This Week
Many people consider lunchtime concerts to be a thing of the past, but they are wrong. Lunchtime concerts were indeed incredibly popular in past centuries and took a nose dive in popularity in the late twentieth century. However, they are now on the rise and no matter where you are in the country, there will be lunchtime concerts and recitals on somewhere near you – all you need do is have a look in your local papers or do an online search.
What IS a lunchtime concert?
Funnily enough, a lunchtime concert or lunchtime recital is exactly what it says on the tin. Normally, lunchtime concerts are an opportunity for young, up-and-coming, or hobbyist musicians to showcase their playing and get noticed. Programmes will usually be made up of classical music, although sometimes you might happen across the occasional pop event too!
Long gone are the days where a grand piano was wheeled into a church for the event. Now, even the most classical repertoire can be played on electric string instruments and digital pianos which brings the whole process into the modern age. Electric pianos are actually used incredibly regularly in lunchtime concerts as they are versatile instruments which are suited well to being the centre of attention and also to accompanying. Have a look at Chase Direct if you would like to get your hands on an excellent value digital piano. Generally, because the whole idea of the concert is for someone to have a platform through which to be noticed, the concerts will be very cheap and sometimes even free!
Where are lunchtime concerts?
These concerts can be anywhere. They are most often in churches or village halls, but there is no limit to the weird and wonderful places where people decide to put on a little show. Some of the most memorable concerts are in places like crypts, libraries, and old warehouses! St Martin in the Fields in London (right next to the National Gallery) host lunchtime concerts on an almost daily basis. While these are not free, there are sometimes £5 tickets for students or people under 30.
These concerts are a fabulous way to fill your lunch break and if you have never gone to one, then perhaps this is the week! Not only will you have an hour of entertainment, but you will be supporting a young person who is using the concert as a way of getting noticed.